5167.0: Wednesday, November 15, 2000: 2:30 PM-4:00 PM

Commitment to Wellness: Recovering from Addictive Diseases and Mental Disorders

The nature and magnitude of diseases and disorders, both physical and mental, have changed dramatically from acute afflictions with identified pathogens to chronic disorders that have a web of causation. Interestingly, the core culture of American medicine has remained relatively constant. Nearly all of physicians' training is still devoted to acquiring technical skills associated with medicine. Throughout the 20th century, the medical system measured success by elimination of the disease state or eradication of signs and symptoms. However, effective management of chronic diseases depends upon individuals actively managing their disabilities to maintain the quality of their lives. Medical interventions may reverse or palliate biologic illnesses, but relatively untested is their effect on the factors influencing quality of life. The World Health Organization's 1996 Global Burden of Disease indicates that five of the fifteen leading causes of disability can be designated as mental health problems -- i.e., major depression, alcohol use, schizophrenia, self-inflicted injuries, and bipolar disorder. These problems are also inexorably linked with other biopsychosocial problems. Treatment of these problems is crucial but not critical in addressing the disability. Commitment to wellness is the foundation for the maintenance triadic segment of the continuum of care. Most maintenance strategies for these problems have derived not from research studies but from the collective wisdom and experience of consumers who have shared the journey of recovering from addictive diseases, mental disorders and/or dual diagnoses. This session will open the door to disease management for these leading causes of disability
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Learning Objectives: Refer to the individual abstracts for learning objectives
Moderator(s):Nancy J. Kennedy, DrPH
2:30 PMExperiential insights of recovery: The journey with mental illness
Kathryn Cohan
2:48 PMMental health recovery themes and models
Ruth Ralph, PhD
3:06 PMModels of recovery: Treatment and after-care in support of recovery from addictive diseases
Randolph D. Muck, MEd
3:24 PMPersonal Growth in Recovery from Addictive Diseases
Richard Chady, APR
3:42 PMDiscussion
Sponsor:Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drugs
Cosponsors:Epidemiology; Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Caucus of Public Health Workers; Mental Health; Social Work

The 128th Annual Meeting of APHA